The traditional food of meiteis from the aspects of medicine, cultural, spiritual and social value


  • A Nirmala Devi Associate Professor
  • Ch. Bebika Devi Assistant professor
  • L Geetabali Devi Assistant professor
  • Yambem Tenzing Guest Lecture



Manipur is under Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hot Spot, Meiteis, ethnic tribes, indigenous and traditional food plants, traditional medicinal plants, cultural plants, and social plants


The relationship between plants and human beings has been known since time immemorial. Nowadays, there is scientific study of the relationship that exists between people and plants. This includes plants used as food, phytochemicals, pharmacology, clothing, currency, ritual, medicine, dye, construction, etc. Manipur was a small princely state in North-East India, having a history of about 2000 years. As Manipur is under Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hot Spot of the Northeast region, diverse flora and fauna are available. Meiteis, the dominant community of these states and the other 35 ethnic schedule tribes of Manipur, also have traditional foods like Houttunia chordata, Elsholgia, Polygonum species (phakpai) as condiments, Acorus calamus, Plectranthus, Mimosa pudica (Lam ekaithabi), Vitex negundo (Uriksshibi) as medicinal Plants, Oscimum sanctum (Tulsi), Cedrela toona (Tairen) Eupatorium balmanicum (Langthrei) as spiritual plants, Nicotiana tabacum, Lycopodium phlegmaria (Leishang khekwaiba) as cultural plants, Siroy lily and Dzuco lily as social plants as it indicates the availability in Siroi hilltop, Ukhrul and Dzuco.


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Author Biographies

A Nirmala Devi, Associate Professor

G.P. Women's College, DMU

Ch. Bebika Devi, Assistant professor

G.P. Women's College, DMU

L Geetabali Devi, Assistant professor

G.P. Women's College, DMU

Yambem Tenzing, Guest Lecture

 DMU, Manipur


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How to Cite

A Nirmala Devi, Ch. Bebika Devi, L Geetabali Devi, & Yambem Tenzing. (2023). The traditional food of meiteis from the aspects of medicine, cultural, spiritual and social value. Journal of Agriculture and Ecology, 16(16), 55–63.